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Harriers 4 Lincoln City 1


Date: 19-10-13gif Venue: Aggboroughgif att: 2103gif away fans: 205
Harriers rain the goals in

gif Report by Philip Lench
The happy Harriers fans swarmed out of Aggborough Stadium, following this emphatic 4-1 win against Lincoln City, to be greeted by a brightly coloured double rainbow that seemed to be the confirmation of a super second half showing.  The rainbow also appeared to be an apology from above for the sudden rain storm that arrived after half time but the apology wasn't needed after that result.

The start of the game in brilliant sunshine heralded a return to the side for custodian Danny Lewis with Nathan Vaughan retiring to the bench.  On that bench was Michael Gash and Callum Gittings both returning from a three week lay-off due to injury.  On the bench for the visitors was the former Harriers favourite Nick Wright coming back to haunt us, but in a small way thankfully.

Once the game kicked off the Harriers looked to be on top for the first few minutes but Lincoln settled down and got into their stride taking charge and more or less ruled the first half with some fine passing football.  Our midfield struggled to get the ball off them at times but luckily they were running into brick walls trying to get past Josh Gowling, Lee Vaughan and Danny Jackman.

Joe Lolley was the first of ours to get a sight of goal but his weak shot was easily saved by Paul Farman in the City goal.  Ben Tomlinson responded soon after for the visitors but his shot didn't trouble Danny Lewis at all as it went well wide of the upright.  Amari Morgan-Smith came the closest to scoring though when his fierce shot from Lolleys cross was well saved.

It took almost until the end of the first half before we were to see any more action.  With the dark clouds loomimg and rain starting to spit down we opened the scoring with a fine set piece free kick.  Michael Gash had earlier replaced the injured Nathan Blissett and when Lolley was bought down by Alan Power on the edge of the area it was Gash who stepped up to dispatch the kick into the back of Farmans net.
  HT: 1 - 0
During the half time subs kick around the rain got so bad that some of them went back inside to grab a coat while others decided to stay indoors.  The teams re-emerged to a monsoon over the Wyre Forest area.

In conditions that made it hard for players to keep their footing (and the fact that modern boots aren't designed for playing on a wet pitch???) Joe Lolley, again, was the worrier in chief for the Harriers.  His trademark cut back and move saw him leave the Lincoln defender for dead as he used his deadly left foot to good effect to pile drive a shot against the crossbar.

AMS then had another chance to score with his own crossbar shot, this time coming from a cross from the Iceman.  The rebound from that shot was bundled out for a corner and from that we extended our lead further.

AMS took the corner short to Lolley who then beat the flailing defender, waltzed inside him then, looking as if he had gone too far with it, drove a ball in towards the keeper.  Farman touched it but only onto the knee of Andrew Boyce from where it rocketed back at Farman but he could only fumble it into the goal.

With that goal we seemed to relax too much and slowly we allowed City back into the game.  Both Jake Sheridan and Sean Newton had chances to pull a goal back but we could have increased our own lead when the former City man Josh Gowling sent a header goalwards but saw it cleared off the line after appearing to have gone in.  Our third, and best goal of the day, came soon after that effort.

The scorer of our first goal, Michael Gash, turned play maker this time and pushed the ball towards the unmarked Kyle Storer on the edge of the area.  His powerful, first time volley literally flew into the net giving the rooted keeper no chance of stopping it.

Again Lincoln wouldn't give up and they began to pressure Danny Lewis' goal once more.  Nick Wright, who had come on a few minutes earlier to a good welcome from the Harriers fans, was the man that pulled a goal back for the visitors.  Mamadou Fofana, who had also come on as a sub a few minutes earlier, curled a hopeful ball into the area but lax defending saw Nick Wright get to the hanging ball first and nod it into the net.

They came close to staging a comeback a minute later when Ben Tomlinson and Bohan Dixon tried to beat Lewis but this time better defending kept them at arms length.  The game was finally put to bed just as the sun began to re-appear.

Anthony Malbon, on earlier for Jack Byrne, scored his first goal in seven games when the Reds broke through a City defence too far upfield in search of a goal.  Gash saw the gap and played Malbon through perfectly for the overweight? striker to see a gap to one side of the keeper and slot the ball home.

The win keeps us in second place but failed to close the gap on Cambridge who also won again today, this time by scoring more than one goal.  The team left the field to applause and the fans left the ground to one of natures miracles.
  FT: 4 - 1

 Goals for Harriers: Gash 42, Boyce 55 (og), Storer 68, Malbon 90
 Goal for Lincoln: Wright 80

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Harriers  goals   subs   cards      Lincoln City  goals   subs   cards 
Lewis     Farman  
L Vaughan     Miller  
Jackman     Newton  
Storer gif     Jordan gif  
Grimes     Boyce gif (og)  
Gowling     Brown  
Byrne gif     Foster gif  
Fowler     Power
Blissett gif     Nolan gif  
Morgan-Smith     Sheridan  
Lolley gif     Tomlinson  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
N Vaughan     Fofana gif - 72  
Malbon gif gif - 66     Dixon gif - 83  
Gittings     Yussuf  
Gash gif gif - 29     Wright gif gif - 52  
Johnson gif - 77     Gray  

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